The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

Frank R. Wilson
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Arm We Brought Down From the Trees.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Wilson, how many problem-solving strategies are there that stand out above all others?
(a) 2.
(b) 4.
(c) 3.
(d) 0.

2. What problem causes the author to reach a turning point in his thinking about the hand?
(a) A finger amputation.
(b) A stroke.
(c) A broken wrist.
(d) Musician's cramp.

3. What did hominids require in order to expand their range beyond the jungle?
(a) Brain evolution.
(b) Walking upright.
(c) Agriculture.
(d) Opposing thumb.

4. What does the neocortex size reliably predict?
(a) Intelligence.
(b) Evolution rate.
(c) Group size.
(d) Aggressiveness.

5. How is the arm different from the leg in how it's attached to the body?
(a) The arm is attached by muscle rather than bone.
(b) The arm is suspended away from the body; whereas the leg is anchored to the body..
(c) The arm swings 180 degrees; whereas, the leg swings only 90 degrees.
(d) The arm is attached in several places; whereas, the leg is attached in only one place.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one very important problem-solving strategy?

2. What is one thing that shoulder and forearm development enabled?

3. What enables the human to weigh and relate facts to solve problems?

4. What did the brain do when the forelimbs were no longer used to walk?

5. What is one thing that prompted the author to write this book on the hand?

(see the answer key)

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